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Dr Pai Zheng
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Ir Dr Pai Zheng 鄭湃

Assistant Professor


Brief Biosketch

Dr. PAI ZHENG is currently an Assistant Professor, Wong Tit Shing Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics, Leader of Research Group of AI for Industrial Digital Servitization (RAIDS), and Director of PolyU-Rhein Köster Joint Laboratory on Smart Manufacturing, in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKSAR. Before this, he has been a Research Fellow in the Delta-NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems, in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from Jan. 2018 to Sept. 2019. He received his Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Material Processing and Control Engineering (major), and Computer Science and Engineering (minor), from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2010, Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China, in 2013, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, in 2017.


Research Group


Research Group of AI for Industrial Digital Servitization


Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Collaboration
  • Smart Product-Service Systems
  • Smart Manufacturing System
  • Industrial AI


Committees/Professional Groups/Services


Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Scientific Committee of NAMRI/SME (2022 - )
  • Member (2022 - )
The International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Research Affiliate (2022 - )
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member (2016 - )
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Technical Committee Member, IEEE RAS and SMC chapters (2021 - )
  • Senior Member (2022 - )
  • Member (2017 - 2022)
  • Student member (2016 - 2017)
Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES)
  • Senior Member (2020 - )
  • Member (2018 - 2020)
The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)
  • Corporate Member (2021 - )



Associate Editor
  • Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing (Grade A, 2022 - )
  • Journal of Cleaner Production (Top 10%, 2022 - )
  • IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing (2021 - )
Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Manufacturing Systems (Top 10%, 2022 - )
  • Advanced Engineering Informatics (Top 10%, 2021 - )
  • Journal of Engineering Design (JCR Q1, 2022 - )
Managing Guest Editor
  • ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (JCR Q2)
  • International Journal of Production Research (Top 10%)
  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (Grade A)
  • Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (Top 10%)


Conference chairs/keynote/plenary speakers

  • Keynote speaker, ‘An Exploration of Vision-language Model Enabled Approach for Futuristic Human-Robot Symbiotic Manufacturing’, AI for Good Summit 2024, organized by ITU United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (31/05/2024).
  • Conference Chair, 2023 NSFC-RGC Conference on Frontiers of Industrial Big Data and Intelligent Systems (04/2023)
  • Keynote speaker, ‘Mutual Cognitive Human-Robot Collaborative Dis-/assembly’ IWAR 2023- VII International Workshop on Autonomous Remanufacturing, Caserta, Italy (18/10/2023)
  • Plenary talk. “互认知人机协作探索与展望”, ACSEP智能製造專家大講堂,ASMPT Inc. (29/11/2022)
  • Plenary talk, “Vision-based Approaches for Mutual Cognitive Human-Robot Collaboration” 15th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology 2022 (i-CREATe 2022), Hong Kong SAR, China (27/08/2022)
  • Plenary talk on “Cognitive Intelligence-Driven Manufacturing Digital Servitization: A Personal View”, 2022 International Conference on Industrial Internet, organized by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China (15/06/2022)
  • Plenary talk, “Towards Digital Servitization: A Smart Product-Service System Perspective”, Design Society Asia Chapter, Korea
  • Plenary talk, “Mutual Cognitive Human-Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing: An Exploration”, 2021 International Forum on High-end Equipment & Intelligent Manufacturing (23/10/2021)



Best Conference Paper Awards
  • 27th International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE2019), Tokyo, 07/2019
  • 11th CIRP Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems (CIRP IPS2 2019), Hong Kong, 05/2019
Best Reviewer Award
  • SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems (2021 - 2022)
  • Advanced Engineering Informatics (2020)
Academic Awards/Recognitions
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2024
  • Winner, Young Innovative Researcher Award (YIRA), HKPU, 2023
  • Excellent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Mentor, “Internet+” Competition Committee, 2023
  • Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics, HKPU, 2022
Industry Award
  • Silver Award, Asia International Innovation Invention Exhibition, 2023
  • Bronze Award, 48th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneve, 2023
  • Top 50 Global AI Chinese Young Scholars by Baidu (AI+X), 2022
Student Team Award
  • Winning Award, 21st Asia-Pacific Information and Communications Technology Alliance
  • Gold Award, The 8th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Gold and Grand Award, 2022 Hong Kong ICT Award
  • Second Prize, The 8th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Champion Award, 2022 HKIE CA Paper Award Competition


Media Publicity


(Last updated: 17/08/2023)


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